SCO Summit: Sushma Swaraj attends dinner hosted by Russian PM

SCO Summit: Sushma Swaraj attends dinner hosted by Russian PM

Abdullah also called for full membership of Afghanistan in the organisation in order to further enhance cooperation and achieve progress between the SCO and Afghanistan.

About Afghanistan, Medvedev said there were "very difficult" political factors.

Expanding pragmatic cooperation between China and Afghanistan on economy and trade cannot be done without a safe and stable external environment, said Li, adding that China will enhance dialogue and cooperation with Afghanistan and Pakistan with the goal of achieving long-term regional stability and security in an early date. The SCO major goals is to strengthen mutual trust and good neighborliness between member states, assist their efficient cooperation in the political, trade, economic, sci-tech and cultural sectors, and also in education, energy, transport, tourism, environmental protection, joint maintaining of peace, security and stability in the region. "I would like to mention Heart of Asia Istanbul Process, RECCA, and projects such as CASA 1000, TAPI and Chahbahar among important initiatives".

The annual SCO summit will be held on November 30 and December 1 and is likely to discuss issues related to the regional security scenario including the situation in the Gulf and Afghanistan.




Swaraj will have bilateral meetings with several leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

These countries, except for Uzbekistan, had been members of the Shanghai Five group, founded on 26 April 1996 in Shanghai.

This is the first SCO Heads of Government meeting that Pakistan would participate in after assumption of full membership in June this year.

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